What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
September 17, 2019

Dear Mrs. Johnson,

I am writing to express my sincere interest in the position of Accounts Payable Accountant with ABC Company.

I am a meticulous and attentive Accounts Payable Clerk with 4 years of experience processing invoices and reimbursement requests. My expertise is in data entry, customer service, and accounting. I am well-versed in generally accepted accounting principles, as well as in accounts payable best practices.

Backed by a passion for mathematics, I love analyzing data. Although it is not in my job description, I happily create internal and external reports whenever needed.

Personable by nature, I am adept at providing high quality customer service to vendors, customers, and employees via both written and verbal communication. I thrive when working in dynamic, fast-paced environments. I prefer wearing many hats rather than working in a silo.

Having worked for multinational financial institutions my entire career, I am eager about the opportunity to work for a family owned and operated company. Your job requirements match precisely with my background and I am confident that I would be able to immediately add value to your team.

My resume is attached for you to review. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


How to write an accounts payable cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the accounts payable
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length